FOUR PERFORMANCE INDICATORS TO WATCH IN THE 2ND HALF

There's no sugar coating in this week's coverage of SN's annual Financial Analysts Roundtable (Page 14). The picture drawn by Wall Street's finest is grim: Supermarkets (at least the publicly traded ones) aren't benefiting from the economy's rebound; Wal-Mart Stores is capturing all the industry's growth; and alternative formats are making it difficult for supermarkets to pass on higher costs.But

There's no sugar coating in this week's coverage of SN's annual Financial Analysts Roundtable (Page 14). The picture drawn by Wall Street's finest is grim: Supermarkets (at least the publicly traded ones) aren't benefiting from the economy's rebound; Wal-Mart Stores is capturing all the industry's growth; and alternative formats are making it difficult for supermarkets to pass on higher costs.

But a closer reading of the roundtable transcript unearths some factors that could spark an

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